Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)
Infectious disease, neglected tropical disease, sleeping sickness, parasitology, vector biology
We pioneered interdisciplinary approaches to understand critical determinants of African trypanosomiasis transmission ranging from tsetse and trypanosome biology; to population genetics of tsetse, symbionts, and trypanosomes; to disease epidemiology and ecology. We developed seminal information on tsetse physiology and tsetse’s obligate symbiosis with microbes, and identified multiple molecular targets to reduce tsetse populations. We also elucidated vector dynamics and disease transmission epidemiology and factors fueling disease emergence to develop sustainable strategies for control.